A Hennepin County court official will decide no later than Friday whether records in DFL Rep. Keith Ellison's 2012 divorce should remain sealed or be opened to the public amid a heated race for Minnesota attorney general.

Lawyers for the Star Tribune and Alpha News, a conservative online news site, argued in court on Tuesday that it was a matter of public interest to open the records of Ellison's divorce from Kim Ellison.

Ellison, the Democratic nominee for attorney general, has been accused of a single incident of domestic abuse by his ex-girlfriend, Karen Monahan. Ellison denies the allegation.

"You have to look at current events," said Star Tribune attorney Leita Walker. "There's a very strong public interest in understanding what's in his court file."

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